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Steilacoom (pronounced STILL-a-come), about 45 miles southwest of Seattle, was once a bustling frontier port. The state's oldest incorporated municipality, it celebrated its 150th birthday in 2004. The town wasn't always so serene. Saloons used to outnumber everything else. Today, the only night crawlers are sold as bait near the ferry landing, and you'll find few speed limits over 30. One of the best shows on Puget Sound, the Fourth of July celebration draws up to 18,000 people every summer.